Fall Protection: The Right Equipment, Training, and Emphasis Makes a Difference

04/25/2017Nicholos, George M.

Recent OSHA reporting identifies falling hazards as the leading cause of death on construction projects. OSHA or the Occupational Safety Health Administration was created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act enacted by Congress in 1970. Under the Act, employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace that complies with OSHA safety and health… Read more »

February Architecture Billings Index (ABI) Inches Upward

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04/17/2017Vandeventer Black

The Architecture Billings Index showed a slight increase in billings at U.S. architecture firms in February 2017, reversing a slight decrease in January 2017. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a composite index derived from monthly report surveys from member firms located throughout the country regarding “work-on-the-boards,” and is compiled by the American Institute of… Read more »

ConsensusDocs Updates 200 Series

04/11/2017Lowenstein, Neil S.

ConsensusDocs continues to look to expand its use in the construction marketplace with its introduction of new 200 Series forms; the 235 Owner & Constructor Short Form Agreement (Cost of Work) and the 245 Owner & Design Professional Short Form Agreement. They update the prior 2014 versions; and are available at the ConsensusDocs website: http://www.consensusdocs.org/…. Read more »

Federal rulemakers consider a rulemaking petition on demurrage and detention charges

04/06/2017Paul, Dustin M.

Federal rulemakers consider a rulemaking petition on demurrage and detention charges The Federal Maritime Commission has undertaken a process to consider how international shipping companies and marine terminals assess demurrage, detention, and delay damage that may lead to significant changes in the shipping marketplace.  A significant number of shipping and maritime interests have provided public… Read more »

OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

04/04/2017Sterling, Michael L.

EFFECTIVE JUNE 23, 2017 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. 29 C.F.R. section §1926.1153. The rule is comprised of two standards, one… Read more »